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Cheapside, City of London, Greater London

Cheapside, City of London, Greater London
Photograph taken c1900 © Historic England Archive ref: bb73_06161

A general view of Cheapside, with a statue to Robert Peel and people going about their daily lives. There are several shops advertising what they have to sell, including 'J&H Meyers Wholesale Furriers'. J&H Mayers are listed in the 1895 London Post Office Directory as being at 160 Cheapside. A furrier was a person who made, sold and dealt with clothes made from animal fur. At this time it was fashionable to wear such clothing. From around the 1880s middle class women began to go out shopping in newly built department stores. Previously they would have bought clothes at home, from catalogues.